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Blow for France as Geoffrey Doumayrou ruled out of RWC

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France's Geoffrey Doumayrou will miss the World Cup through injury (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

France centre Geoffrey Doumayrou has been ruled out of the World Cup due to an Achilles injury, coach Jacques Brunel has announced.

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The 29-year-old will miss Saturday’s clash with Scotland in Nice and the World Cup, with his replacement still to be named.

“Geoffrey Doumayrou will miss the World Cup,” Brunel said at a press conference reported by L’Equipe.

“He suffers from a fissure injury in the Achilles tendon. The decision was made (on Thursday) morning. We will have to replace him and we will communicate the name during the day.”

Brunel expects a tough match against an unpredictable Scotland side. “Scotland are a team that look like us due to their unpredictable side – they are capable of beautiful things as we saw against England during the Six Nations. Against the Scots, you have to prepare for anything.”

Five months after rounding off a disappointing Six Nations with a scrappy win over Italy in Rome, Brunel, who named his World Cup 31 back in June, is giving Test debuts against Scotland to winger Alivereti Raka and back row Francois Cros.

There are only four survivors from their last outing in Rome, full-back Maxime Medard, winger Damian Penaud, scrum-half Antoine Dupont and No8 Greg Alldritt. 

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FRANCE: Médard; Penaud, Fofana, Fickou, Raka; Lopez, Dupont; Alldritt, Ollivon, Cros, Vahaamahina, Gabrillagues, Slimani, Chat, Poirot (capt). Reps: Mauvaka, Priso, Steniao, Lambey, Picamoles, Serin, Ntamack, Ramos.

– Press Association

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Mzilikazi 2 hours ago
Is the Six Nations balance of power shifting?

An hugely interesting article. Thanks, Nick. Some seem to find this a poor 6 N, but I think it has thrown up a number of fascinating contests. Ofc the falling away of France is always going to be a major point of discussion. The loss of both half backs has hurt them for sure. But they should still be better. Both France and England could easily have been sitting with three defeats right now, especially France. In England’s case, I thought the try Mitchell scored against the Italians was lucky, as he was clearly held in the tackle , but carried on to the line without releasing and regaining the ball. The English blitz defence being talked about so much is still a work in progress, and Ireland, with their powerful men in both backs and forwards can do damage there. I also thought in last weekends game against Scotland, England were pushingtheir luck at the breakdowns, turning them into a chaotic brawl. A different referee may not see it their way so much against Ireland and France. Ireland’s front row does concern me. The starters have not always looked in control, and Andrew Porter is a worry, as he will now be very closely watched in these next two games. Tadgh Furlong is not the player he was at the set piece, and will need to be on his mettle against the very streetwise Genge at Twickenham. I really enjoyed the stats heavy approach in this article. So much that passes one by are brought starkly into the light of day. Finn Russell’s deadly accuracy, the significance of the Welsh backrow duo, Italy’s attacking drop of under a new coach, as they are coming much closer to winning in these games this year.

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